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Ice Station Zebra (1968)

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USN nuclear sub USS Tigerfish must rush to the North Pole to rescue the staff of Drift Ice Station Zebra weather station.

Director:

John Sturges

Writers:

Alistair MacLean (novel), Douglas Heyes (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rock Hudson ... Cdr. James Ferraday
Ernest Borgnine ... Boris Vaslov
Patrick McGoohan ... David Jones
Jim Brown ... Capt. Leslie Anders
Tony Bill ... Lt. Russell Walker
Lloyd Nolan ... Admiral Garvey
Alf Kjellin ... Col. Ostrovsky
Gerald S. O'Loughlin ... Lt. Cdr. Bob Raeburn
Ted Hartley Ted Hartley ... Lt. Jonathan Hansen
Murray Rose Murray Rose ... Lt. George Mills
Ron Masak ... Paul Zabrinczski
Sherwood Price ... Lt. Edgar Hackett
Lee Stanley ... Lt. Mitgang
Joseph Bernard Joseph Bernard ... Dr. Jack Benning
John Orchard ... Survivor
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Storyline

Commander James Ferraday, USN, has new orders: get David Jones, a British civilian, Captain Anders, a tough Marine with a platoon of troops, Boris Vasilov, a friendly Russian, and the crew of the nuclear sub USS Tigerfish to the North Pole to rescue the crew of Drift Ice Station Zebra, a weather station at the top of the world. The mission takes on new and dangerous twists as the crew finds out that all is not as it seems at Zebra, and that someone will stop at nothing to prevent the mission from being completed. Written by Steve Fenwick <scf@w0x0f.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

It's a race for the secret ... or TOTAL DESTRUCTION See more »


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 October 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Eisstation Zebra See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Filmways Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

70 mm 6-Track | Mono (35 mm prints)| 4-Track Stereo (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.20 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Changes made from the Alistair MacLean source novel of the same name for this film included the name of the nuclear submarine, the Dolphin, which was re-named the USS Tigerfish (with the vessel number of SSN-509) and the names of two characters: Submarine Commander Swanson became Commander Ferraday (played by Rock Hudson) and spy Dr. Carpenter became David Jones (played by Patrick McGoohan). See more »

Goofs

In the beginning of the film at 12.15, a jet plane arrives and stop on the platform. The jet engine sounds shutting down, but the fan of the left engine which is visible, isn't turning. See more »

Quotes

Col. Ostrovsky: Young man, put your gun down. If you use it now, you will be shot down. And there is no need for that. We have what we came for. The incident is clo-sed!
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Alternate Versions

Originally shown in theaters with an opening overture, which has been restored for the 2005 DVD release. See more »

Connections

Featured in Rock Hudson's Home Movies (1992) See more »

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Through The Ice
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Written and Performed by Michel Legrand Et Son Orchestre
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User Reviews

 
Great Adventure Film
4 February 2007 | by elgregoSee all my reviews

This film is very underrated on this site. It is in a genre that is not really made very often any more--action adventure that is plausible both in plot and technology. And the action adventure plays equal footing to the actual acting and dialog. It is closer to an World War II action film than to, say, one of Arnold Schwartzeneger's action films.

As an artistic piece of work, the lack of women (and any romantic story) keeps this cold war picture completely focused on the primary story, and makes the actors work all that much harder to keep the viewer engaged.

There is also a good bit of spectacular on-location filming that still takes your breath away with its beauty. The actual polar icecap scenes (with actors) where the focal point of the movie's action takes place is a set. And it is a glorious one. No CGI imagery here! I bought this DVD for this film in a bargain bin. If you get the chance snap one up, or rent it and watch it on a decent TV. Great transfer.

Good score as well.


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